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Best of Drive-ins and Diners

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We have compiled a list of our favorite Drive-ins and Diners in California and Arizona; we will soon include Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. The following pages contain a list of restaurants that specializing in burgers, fries, sandwiches, pastrami sandwiches, steak sandwiches, and great breakfast dishes we all enjoy. Please don’t forget to send us your favorite places.

 

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California Locations

 

Aliso Viego, CA

 

Original Pancake House

26951 Moulton Pkwy. Aliso Viejo, CA

(714) 221.8674 / www.tophmanoriginalpancakehouse.com

Comments: The name speaks for it self, in addition all their food is great, you must try the German Pancakes (kind of like Yorkshire pudding), and their signature items the Apple Pancake, a single large pancake smothered with sautéed apples and cinnamon sugar baked to perfection with a deliciously rich cinnamon sugar glaze.

Anaheim, CA

Original Pancake House

1418 East Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, CA

(714) 535.9815 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Comments: The name speaks for it self, in addition all their food is great, you must try the German Pancakes ( kind of like Yorkshire pudding), and their signature items the Apple Pancake, a single large pancake smothered with sautéed apples and cinnamon sugar baked to perfection with a deliciously rich cinnamon sugar glaze.

Berkley, CA

 

Bette’s Oceanview Diner

1807 4th Street Berkeley, CA 94710

(510) 644-3230

Comments:

 

900 Grayson

900 Grayson Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

(510) 704-9900 / www.900grayson.com

The best-fried chicken and waffles in northern California. They make home maid hot salsa, and the maple syrup is delicious.

 

Beverly Hills, CA

 

Nate ‘N Al

414 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA

(310) 274.0101 / www.natenal.com

Comments: * This restaurant was voted one of the best breakfast places in America. Every time I eat breakfast at this place I run into Larry King and other Hollywood personalities, this is a Beverly Hills, hang out. It’s a Jewish Delicatessen and restaurant great for breakfast and lunch

 

Brea, CA

Brea’s Best Burgers

707 S Brea Blvd., Brea, CA 92821

(714) 990-2615

Hours: Open daily 7:30 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. / Fri and Sat. until 10:P.M.

Comments: This place serves a great breakfast and lunch too!

 

Bruxie

215 W. Birch St Ste. 1, Brea, CA 92821

(714) 255.1188

Comments: New business in Brea next to Edwards Theatre. Great place for breakfast and lunch must try are their Buttermilk Fried Chicken and & Waffles, smoked salmon and dill cream cheese waffle are a hit and they have some great dessert waffles. The lunch menu is really good too.

 

Kimmie’s Coffee Cup

770 S. Brea Bl., Brea, CA

(714) 529.4022 / www.kimmiescoffeecup.com

Comments: Best country breakfast in town. Must try the French toast, my favorite is the sausage and eggs breakfast. The restaurant has mixed revues about the service, however I have not experienced poor service.

Canyon Country, CA

 

Route 66 Classic Grill

18730 Soledad Canyon Rd., Canyon Country, CA 91351

(661) 298-1494 / http://www.route66classicgrill.com

Comments: Great food has always been an important part of route 66 from Los Angeles to Chicago. Classic burgers still provides the greatest burgers, spicy red chili and homemade peach cobbler, and yes the best thick malts in all flavors.

 

Chino, CA

Guasti Home-style Café

13526 Central Ave. Chino, CA 91710

(909) 627.5970 / www.guastihomestylecafe.com

Comments: Open daily 6:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. The best breakfast and lunch East of Los Angeles. The pancakes are about 10” to 12” in diameter and enough to feet two or three people, omelets are made with three eggs, and biscuits and gravy are yummy too. And if you like corn beef hash this is the place.

 

City of Orange, CA

 

Kimmies Coffee Cup

190 South Glassell Street, 
Orange, CA 92866-1478

(714) 449-1580 / http://www.kimmiescoffeecup.com

Comments: Best country breakfast in town. Must try the pecan French toast, my favorite is the sausage and eggs breakfast. The restaurant has mixed revues about the service, however I have not experienced poor service.

 

Costa Mesa, CA

 

Plum Café

369 E. 17th St., Ste. 7, Costa Mesa,

(949) 722-7586 / www.plumscafe.com

Comments: A must try id the Dutch babies, its signature brunch item, is described as a deep-dish pancake and poached eggs and Hollandaise is another hit.

 

Rick’s Atomic Cafe

3100 Airway Ave., Ste. 113, Costa Mesa,

(714) 825-0570 / www.ricksatomiccafe.com.

Comments: A family favorite is the French Batard, egg-batter dipped, fresh orange zest, served with maple syrup.

 

Rooster Café

750 St. Clair St

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

(714) 754-1944 / http://eatatrooster.com

Comments: A place that serves Mexican hot chocolate and home-made breakfast burritos. You can order breakfast tacos with egg whites for $1.00. All your favorite Mexican breakfast dishes are available.

 

Culver City, CA

 

Metro Cafe

111888 Washington Pl., Culver City, CA 90323

(310) 559.6821 / Mon-Sun 7:A.M. to 3:P.M. Tue –Sun 6:P.M. – 10:P.M.

Comments: The banana pancakes, French toast are a must, the menu is great, but my favorite is the breakfast. Sunday mornings get there early for a great brunch.

 

Downey, CA

 

Pop’s Cafe

7840 Florence Avenue, Downey, CA 90240

(562) 927-0096

Comments: Good home style cooking, my favorite is the Pop’s Country Breakfast. If you’re in the mood for something sweet and crunchy try the deep fried French Toast.

 

Fountain Valley, CA

 

Paul’s Coffee Shop

16947 Bushard Street, Fountain Valley CA 92708

(714) 962-7879 / www.semperfinerdiner.com

Comments: The price is right and the breakfast is Awesome, for our military men and women they serve a great S.O.S. and the chicken fried steak fantastic! Whatever you order you wouldn’t be disappointed.

 

Fullerton, CA

 

Early Bird

1000 B E. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton, CA


714-529-4100

Comments: You must order the griddlecakes and if your having lunch or dinner order the grilled-cakes as your dessert. The menu changes a bit day-to-day, depending on what’s available. Coffee is constantly evolving and you will enjoy fresh coffee from around the world. Recommend El Guapo omelette which is made with chorizo, avocado, queso fresco, oven dried tomato, and cilantro.  It comes with broiled tomato, toast, and you have your choice of hash browns, skillet potatoes, or petite salad.  

 

Kimmies Coffee Cup

1605 W Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92833

(714) 449-1580 / http://www.kimmiescoffeecup.com

Comments: Best country breakfast in town. Must try the pecan French toast, my favorite is the sausage and eggs breakfast. The restaurant has mixed revues about the service, however I have not experienced poor service.

Garden Grove, CA

 

Mae’s Café

9062 Trask Ave

Garden Grove, CA 92844

(714) 898-704 / http://www.maes-cafe.com/

Comments: A great place for a late night food, this place is open 24/7 seven days a week.

 

 

 

Omelette House

12444 Brookhurst St

Garden Grove, CA 92840

(714) 537-5336

Comments: Recommend the omelette Florentine style which comes with spinach, olives, mushrooms, and bacon. The hotcakes are a hit too! If you like crisp hash browns this is the place for you. Overall great breakfast.

 

Gardena, CA

 

Jay Bee’s Bar-B-Que

15911 Avalon Boulevard Gardena, CA 90247

(310) 532-1064 / www.jaybeesbbq.com

Comments: Great food, the pulled pork sandwich, the barbeque chicken are must try. The mac and cheese is pretty good too. The place is really small and the seating is outdoors.

 

Glendale, CA

Foxes Restaurant

206 W Colorado St., Glendale, CA 91204

(818) 246-0244 / www.foxysrestaurant.net/

Comments: This Diner is of a different caliber; don’t be surprised if the owner suddenly busts out with an opera chorus! His voice is as good as the food. There is usually a line of people waiting, and their waiting to sit outside, you should be able to get a seat inside with any wait.

 

Toasted Bun Restaurant

808 E California Ave

Glendale, CA 91206

(818) 244-6416

Comments: Suggest you try the Jumbo Combo it’s served with 2 eggs/bacon, sausage, pancakes, hash browns, and toast. The p[late is enough for two people or a real hungry one. The breakfast burritos are good and you can order anything inside. If you want to try something special I recommend the Cinammon Crusted Nutella and Banana French Toast. The restaurant is family owned and the cooking is all home-made.

 

Glendora, CA

Flappy Jack’s Pancake House

640 W Rt 66, Glendora, CA 91740

(626) 852-9444 / http://www.flappyjacks.com

Comments: Portions are huge and the food is great. Home style cream of wheat, pancakes, hash browns, and stuffed French toast.

 

Grassn Valley, CA

Lumberjacks Restaurant

2071 Navada City Hwy. Grass Valley, CA

Contact: (530) 477-8900 / http://www.lumberjacksrestaurant.com

Comments: THIS IS WHERE THE BIG BOTS EAT! The faux log building décor seems to scream 'big portions for hungry tummies'. Just what you're looking for, no tiny gourmet portions at this place. Large portions, friendly staff, and good home-cooking.

 

 

Huntington Beach, CA

Café Cup

5930 Warner Ave

Huntington Beach, CA 92649

(714) 840-899 / http://www.cafecup-hb.com

Comments: Open for breakfast and lunch only. If you’re lucky you will be there the day this special is on: Potato scramble with hot sausage. A regular is the potato wedges a eggs. This is a cash only place.

 

Sugar Shack Café

213 Main St

Huntington Beach, CA 92648

(714) 536-0355 / http://www.hbsugarshack.com

Comments: A favorite here is the French toast with peanut butter and jelly, topped with syrup. Many say this is the best breakfast place in Huntington Beach.

 

Kenwood, CA

 

Café Citti

9047 Sonoma Hwy Kenwood, CA 95452

(707) 833-2690 / www.cafecitti.com

Comments: A great place to take someone special for a nice lunch, on the patio.

 

Laguna Beach, CA

 

Café Zinc & Market

350 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

(949) 494.6302

Comments: Great for breakfast or lunch. Monday To Friday From 07:00 AM To 04:30 PM Saturday To Sunday From 07:00 AM To 05:00 PM

 

Laguna Hills

Teddy’s Deli

23011 Moulton Pkwy. Unit G-2

Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 768-5663 / http://theteddysdeli.com

Comments: They are tucked away in a corner off Irvine Center Dr and Lake Forest. an extensive menu from breakfast burritos to burgers to sandwiches to wraps and even Chinese Chow. All sandwiches are made to order and the breakfast is the best and served with home-made biscuits. Recommend the Philly cheese sandwich too!

 

La Habra, CA

 

Arthur’s Coffee Shop

1281 E. La Habra Blvd., La Habra, CA

(562) 691.7793 / http://bestbreakfastoc.com

Comments: Only open for breakfast and lunch, my favorite is breakfast and the French toast and omelets are great too. A must try is the chorizo quesadilla. FYI, the ruben sandwich is their biggest seller. Always have good service even when we arrive fifteen minutes before closing.

 

Lakewood, CA

 

Heritage Family Pantry

2601 Carson Street, Lakewood, CA 90712

(562) 421.1442

Comments: Huge portions, favorites are: chorizo burrito, build your own omelet, corn beef hash with crispy potatoes, don’t forget to try the lunch menu, like the Ruben-Corned Beef with cheese on Rye bread, 50/50 French fries and onion rings. Great Home Style Family Cooking!!!

 

La Mirada, CA

 

The Carriage House

14871 E. Imperial Hwy. La Mirada, CA

(562) 941.4221 /

Comments: Great country breakfast seven days a week. Sunday special chicken fried steak and eggs $7.95 on Sunday’s what a deal

 

Long Beach, CA

 

At Last Cafe

204 Orange Ave Long Beach, CA 90802

(562) 437-4837 / www.jmchefcatering.com

Comments: Great burgers but don’t forget to try the meatloaf and stuffed pork chops.

 

Blackbird Café

3405 Orange Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807

(562) 490.2473

Comments: This is the breakfast spot that has everything, Including great selections, taste and “smore’s pancakes” on specials, the corn beef hash is cooked with a little crispy touch just the way it should be. Try the peanut butter pancakes and the Caballeros Benedict, which included chorizo, potatoes, spicy Hollandaise and other very unhealthy things.

 

Coffee Cup Café

3734 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814

(562) 433.3292

Comments: Open 7:A.M. to 3:p.m. Mon-Fri and until 2:P.M. Sat & Sun. This place has some really great dishes like chicken chili verde, veggie chorizo, and apple honey sausage, don’t forget to try the blueberry coffeecake.

 

Dale’s Diner

4339 E. Carson Street, Long Beach, CA 90808

(562) 425.7285 / www.dalesdiner.com

Comments: Great breakfast and service, always a full cup of coffee and incredible breakfast. Best pancakes and waffles in town.

 

George’s 50’s Diner

4390 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807

(562) 427.5979

Comments: Country Fried Steak and Eggs w/ Biscuit and Gravy, one of the best in L.B., and don’t forget to add a side of blueberry pancakes.

 

Jongewaard’s Bake N Broil

3697 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA

(562) 595.0396 / Mon – Sun 7: A.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Comments: Best pies in town; try the banana cream pies and the strawberry shortcake. And, if you’re in the mood for chicken potpie this is the best, they bake their pie fresh every day.

 

Le Creperie Cafe

2nd St. and St Joseph, Long Beach, CA (Belmont Shores)

(562) 434.8499 / www.lacreperiecafe.net

Comments: Must I recommend the light fantastic tasting Crepes, great menu selection and the wait could be up to 30 minutes, time goes real fast when you looking at the near by stores on both sides of the street

 

Sterling Diner

4114 E. 3rd Street, Long Beach, CA 90814

(562) 433.2041 / www.sterlingdiner.com

Comments: A great place for breakfast or lunch.

 

The Pot Holder

3700 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803

(562) 433.9305 / www.thepotholdercafe.com

Comments: The décor is amazing and fresh and the stuffed French toast, huevos rancheros, corn beef hash and potatoes are must try dishes. If you’re really hungry try the Hobo omelet. And they serve hazelnut coffee upon request.

 

Los Angeles, CA

 

101 Coffee Shop

6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

(323) 467.1175 /Open seven days a week 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 A.M.

Comments: A good variety of food to choose from, some of the must try items include the waffles, mushroom sandwich, clam chowder, brownie waffle sundae, and their malts are gooood.

 

Bright Spot Family Restaurant

1918 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 484.9800 / Mon-Sun 7:00 A.M. to 4:00 A.M.

Comments: Plenty of room for large groups. Must try the chicken & Waffles, sweet potato fries, pies and burgers.

 

Café 50

850 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029

(323) 906-1955 / www.cafe50s.com

Comments: They have a large menu and they serve over fifty different milkshakes, the décor will send you to a new time zone and the music rockabilly to 50’s and everything in between. They are open until 1 A.M on Fri and Sat and until midnight on Mon – Thurs. And yes they have tabletop jukeboxes

 

Cha Cha Cha (Caribbean Diner)

656 N Virgil Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004

(323) 664.7723 / Open every day 10:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M.

Comments: Several must try items but especially try the Sangria, jerk pork, jerk chicken, guava and goat cheese quesadilla, and dirty chips and guacamole. Oh, and the bread is freshly baked, so try everything!

 

Clifton’s Cafeteria

648 South Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90014

(213).627.1673 / http://www.cliftonscafeteria.com

Comments: Truly a historic landmark sine 1931 this restaurant has been serving meals to Loa Angeles residents and visitors from all around the world. Good food and many selections to choose from.

 

Fred 62

1850 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

(323) 667-0062 / fred62.com

Comments: Lots of must try items: especially the SANTA FE FRITTATA it’s an omelet with chorizo, roasted chili, green onions, chips jack cheese and toped with ranchero sauce, onions, cilantro and sour cream. They have a large menu so enjoy!

 

Gloria’s Café

10227 Venice Blvd Los Angeles CA 90034

(310) 838-0963 / www.gloriascafela.com

Comments: a restaurant that sells both Mexican and Salvadorian food. All the food is great at Gloria’s, and the must try items are the soups, carnitas, enchiladas, all the Mexican desserts.

 

Grilled Café

916 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

(West Hollywood area)

(323) 874-0377 / http://www.thegriddlecafe.com

Comments: Home of the red velvet pancakes and buttermilk pancakes.

 

John O’Groats

10516 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles

(310) 204.0692 / www.ogoatsrestaurant.com

Comments: If you arrive here after 7:15 A.M. there is sure to be a line waiting to get in and you will find an urn of coffee and a water cooler on the sidewalk for the crowds. Need I say more about the food!!!

*The restaurant was voted one of the best breakfast places in America.

 

Mom’s Tamales

3328 Pasadena Ave Los Angeles, CA 90031

(323) 226-9383 / www.momstamales.com

Comments: Tamales and more, a few of the favorites tamales: cheese and spinach, chicken and mole, and the green jalapeno sauce with pork, every kind of tamale for every taste.

 

Nick’s Cafe

1300 Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

323) 222.1450 / www.nickscafela.com

Comments: Mon – Fri 5:30 A.M. – 3P.M. Sat-Sun 6:30 A.M.- 4P.M. The only place in town that serves free coffee on the weekends. Must try is the corn beef hash, home made sausage and potatoes with gravy, eggs benedict, biscuits and gravy, waffle combo, and don’t forget to try the ham. Many movies have been filmed at this historic spot.

 

Pann's Restaurant

6710 La Tijera Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

(323) 776.3770 /

Comments: This is a 50’s style dinner with oldies playing in the background.

Dreamburgers, mac and cheese and fried chicken platter. The old-fashioned root beer floats and malts still come in silver pitchers. Corn beef hash is really good too.

 

The Original Pantry Café

877 South Figueroa Street  Los Angeles, California 90017

(213) 972-9279 / www.pantrycafe.com

Comments: If you have ever been there, no need to recommend or suggest food everything is GREAT. If you have never been there, I only have one question - Why?

 

Polka Catering

4112 Verdugo Road Los Angeles, CA

(323) 255-7887 / http://www.polkarestaurant.com

Comment: In Polish cuisine, there are three things of equal importance—Health, Nutritious, and Delicious. The blending of these three lively principles is how Polka’s cuisine was born. Polish cuisine techniques meets it hospitality to create a fine dining experience distinct than other. Where the “Polish “style of service comes straight from the heart, and where any occasion becomes a memorable evening.

 

Manhattan Beach, CA

 

North End Caffe

3421 N. Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

(323) 546.4782 / www.northendcaffe.net/breakfast.html

Comments: Recommend the following: Huevos Divorciados, El Gringo, Egg Tacos, Chilaquiles, Juanito it’s three eggs with ham, cheese, salsa, bacon, sausage and potatoes. Check the website for the ingredients of the other mentioned items. There’re over thirty-five breakfast meals and sandwiches to choose from, so if you want to save some time go to the website to select your meal in advance. Breakfast served only until noon. Mon – Sun 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 everyday and sometimes later

 

Ocean View Cafe

229 13th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

310) 545.6770 / www.oceanviewcafe.com

Comments: The food is good but the view is great. Must try the honey almond Belgian waffles, if you’re in the mood for lunch they have a good turkey/bacon and avocado croissant and much more.

 

The Local Yolk

3414 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

(310) 546.4407 / 7 days a week 6:30 A.M to 2:30 P.M.

Comments: Open for Breakfast and Lunch, must have items include eggs benedict with crab, Manhattan beach omelets, French toast, chorizo omelet, banana muffins and the over size biscuits or and huevos rancheros with both red and green sauce.

 

Uncle Bill’s Pancake House

1301 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

(310) 545.5177 / open everyday 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Comments: Find a seat in the outer patio and see the ocean. If you like great pancakes, crispy bacon, plain fried potatoes, waffles with fresh fruit, buckwheat pancakes and more.

 

Montrose, CA

Black Cow Cafe

2219 Honolulu Ave. Montrose, CA 91020

(Glendale Area)

(818) 957-5282 / http://www.theblackcowcafe.com

Comments: Another gem that serves all three meals. But the breakfast is my favorite and corn flake crusted French toast is great. The biscuits and gravy are very popular. They serve zucchini bread that could be a meal.

 

Newport Beach, CA

 

Galley Cafe


829 Harbor Island Drive, Newport Beach, CA


(949) 673-4110

Comments: The selections are few but the quality is giant. Pancakes, hamburgers and sandwiches are what’s offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s mandatory to order a milkshake whenever visiting a diner, and at the Galley, the long list of flavors make it hard to select just one. So we recommend you plan several visits. The restaurant is small and perking is limited on the street. The diner has been at this location since 1957.

 

Norco, CA

Pat’s Kitchen (Family Style Restaurant)

1217 6th Street, Norco, CA.

(951) 371-9022

Comments: The best breakfast you have ever had no other comes close. May be out of your way but the drive is worth the eating experience. (East on 91 Fwy to 15 North to 6th street between the 16 and 60 fwys)

 

North Hollywood

 

Eat

111068 Magnolia Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601

www.eatnoho.com / Mon – Sun. 8:00 A.M. to 2:30 A.M.

Comments: The restaurant is small but is one of the best breakfast spots in NOHO. Lunch menu is just as good, a must try is the BBQ Burger. Parking is limited in this area so you may need to allow some extra time, but the hunt for parking is worth it.

 

Hungry Fox

13359 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

(818) 765.7111 / Mon – Sun 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Comments: Breakfast and lunch only. Must try is the corn beef hash, strawberry and peach homemade jams, chicken & waffles, chicken and collard greens and a great breakfast menu. Don’t let the small green restaurant fool you it’s great!

 

Magnolia Grille

10530 Magnolia Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601

(818) 766.8698 www.themagnoliagrille.com

Comments: Mon. – Sun. 6:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. Breakfast served all day, must try is zucchini bread, all bake goods especially the coffee cake, this is a five star breakfast and lunch spot.

 

Oakland, CA

 

Aunt Mary’s Cafe

4307 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA 94609

(510) 601-9227 / www.auntmaryscafe.com

Contact: Start your breakfast with an order of waffles or a side of pancake

 

Ontario, CA

 

Zeeks Eatin Place

1855 E 4th St., Ontario, CA 91764

(909) 984-2900 / http://www.zekeseatin.com

Comments: Great Southern home cooking, biscuits and gravy, and oversized pancakes that could be served in a pizza box. The fried chicken is ok, but the other items on the breakfast and lunch menu are very good.

 

Orange, CA

 

Anepalco’s

415 S. Main St., Orange

(714) 771-2333 / www.anepalcoscafe.com

Comments: A combination of French and Spanish, the American and the Mexican. The chilaquiles and huevos rancheros are great breakfast choices. My best friend only orders huevos divorceados with red and green sauce. Voted Critic’s choice in 2011 by the Orange County Register.

 

Original Pancake House

3322 E. Chapman Ave, Orange, CA

(714) 221.8674 / www.tophmanoriginalpancakehouse.com

Comments: The name speaks for it self, in addition all their food is and their signature items the Apple Pancake, a single large perfection with a deliciously rich cinnamon sugar glaze.

Oxnard, CA

 

Mrs. Olson’s Coffee Hut

117 Los Altos Drive, Oxnard, CA 93035

(805) 985.9151

Comments: Great little place full of patriotic murals on the walls and a bazooka breakfast burrito, or their famous French toast with strawberries. cheese and a secrete season salt. * The restaurant was voted one of the best breakfast places in America.

 

The Kitchen

529 South A Street Oxnard, CA 93030

(805) 385-8980 / http://www.thekitchenona.com/

Comments: It’s an Eatery, Bakery; it’s your kitchen away from home. Including the fresh home made breads and pastries. Must try the burgers, Cuban pork sandwiches, Lamb burger, meatloaf dinners, cupcakes, lemon tarts and cookies.

 

Pacoima, CA

Myke’s Café

13171 Van Nuys Blvd. Pacoima, CA 91331

(818) 890-4815 / http://www.mykescafe.com

Comments: Specialty is the pancakes, red velvet, raspberry, lemon curd, Notra Dame pancakes and many more. All the breakfast dishes you can think of and they are all great. If you’re a coffee drinker try their café de la olla. And for the hamburger lovers they serve a snickers burger. GREAT!

 

Petaluma, CA

Lumberjacks Restaurant

732 E. Washington Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Contact: (707) 762-4095 / http://www.lumberjacksrestaurant.com

Comments: THIS IS WHERE THE BIG BOTS EAT! The faux log building décor seems to scream 'big portions for hungry tummies'. Just what you're looking for, no tiny gourmet portions at this place. Large portions, friendly staff, and good home-cooking.

 

 

 

Pasadena, CA

Kathleen’s Restaurant

595 N Lake Ave

Pasadena, CA 91101

(626) 578-0722 / http://www.kathleensrestaurant.com/

Comments: This is a Gem and a popular breakfast spot. You always know when you’re at restaurant that caters to senor citizens because they serve the best coffee cake. Overall a large selection to choose form on the menu, everything from Mexican to Mid Eastern to American

 

Russell’s

30 N Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103

(626) 578-1404

Comments: Russell’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. We suggest you try the their breakfast the blueberry pancakes and French toast are great. A favorite lunch sandwich is the avacado bacon & chicken club.

 

Ramona, CA

Ramona Café

628 Main Street Ramona, CA 92605

(760) 789-8656 / http://www.ramonacafe.com

Comments: Located near Julian, this hidden gem is best known for serving the best breakfast and home made cinnamon bun, the ABC omelettte’s are big and fluffy and filled with avocado, bacon, and cheddar. Other great dishes include: fish and chips, chicken fried steak, and cordon Bleu.

 

Redding, CA

Lumberjacks Restaurant

501 E. Cypress Ave, Redding, CA 96002

Contact: (530) 223-2820 / http://www.lumberjacksrestaurant.com

Comments: THIS IS WHERE THE BIG BOTS EAT! The faux log building décor seems to scream 'big portions for hungry tummies'. Just what you're looking for, no tiny gourmet portions at this place. Large portions, friendly staff, and good home-cooking.

 

 

Redondo Beach, CA

Joes

400 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

(310) 376.9570 / www.originaleatatjoes.com

Comments: The food is great and on Saturday’s the wait could be 30 minutes or longer but the food is great. All the omelets are good and a favorite is the John Wayne Special or the chili verde with eggs. They do have a healthy menu that includes Veggie Omelet with tomato and sour cream

 

Original Pancake House

1756 South Pacific Coast Hwy. Redondo Beach, CA 90277

(310) 543.9875 / www.originalpancakehouse.com

Comments: The name speaks for it self, in addition all their food is great, you must try the German Pancakes (kind of like Yorkshire pancake smothered with sautéed apples and cinnamon sugar baked to perfection with a deliciously rich cinnamon sugar glaze.

Polly’s On the Pier

233 N. Harbor Dr. Redondo Beach, CA 90277

(310) 318.3736 / www.rbmarina.com/pollys.html

Comments: Popular menu items include a variety of tasty Omelets, old-fashioned buttermilk Hot Cakes, Biscuits & Gravy, Mush, hot and spicy Huevos Rancheros, Chorizo & Scrambled Eggs, Machaca Omelets, juicy Hamburgers & Fries, and Polish Sausage & Egg Sandwiches. A lunch favorite is the New York steak sandwich with coleslaw and French fries.

 

Wildflower Cafe

600 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. Redondo Beach, CA 90277

(310) 406.3808 / Open everyday 8:30 to 3:30 P.M.

Comments: recommendations include: pancakes with fruit and walnuts, French toast, the place is small but the food is good

 

San Anselmo, CA

 

Bubba’s Diner

566 San Anselmo Avenue San Anselmo, CA 94960

415-459-6862 / www.bubbas-diner.net

Comments: A bay area favorite, it is a little pricy but you get what you pay for. This Great Diner has a nice atmosphere and friendly servers. You must try the

 

Sacramento, CA

 

Dad’s Kitchen

2968 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95818

(916) 447-3237 / www.ilovedadskitchen.com

Comments: Great burgers, also try the following: Dad’s Burger, blue cheese habanero fries, and several more great items to choose.

 

Gatsby’s Diner

2598 Alta Arden Expwy., Sacramento, CA 95825

(916) 977-0102

Comments: Good menu, you should know that some of the lunch items are not on dinner menu and some dinner items aren’t on lunch menu. Burger sliders are great and you must try the German food.

 

Sacramanto, CA

Lumberjacks Restaurant

5820 Madison Ave., CA 95841

Contact: (916) 349-9848 / http://www.lumberjacksrestaurant.com

Comments: THIS IS WHERE THE BIG BOTS EAT! The faux log building décor seems to scream 'big portions for hungry tummies'. Just what you're looking for, no tiny gourmet portions at this place. Large portions, friendly staff, and good home-cooking.

 

Lumberjacks Restaurant

1030 Howe Ave., CA 95825

Contact: (916) 646-9900 / http://www.lumberjacksrestaurant.com

Comments: THIS IS WHERE THE BIG BOTS EAT! The faux log building décor seems to scream 'big portions for hungry tummies'. Just what you're looking for, no tiny gourmet portions at this place. Large portions, friendly staff, and good home-cooking.

 

San Diego, CA

 

El Indio

3695 India Street San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 299-0333 / www.el-indio.com

Comments: Good Mexican food, the restaurant is cafeteria style, the food is homemade and the tortillas too!

 

Hob Nob Hill

2271 First Ave San Diego, CA 92101


(619) 239-8176

Comments: Great Salads, Chicken Fried Steak, and the must try item is the chicken and dumpling.

 

Pizzeria Luigi

1137 25th Street San Diego, CA 92102

(619) 233-3309 / http://www.pizzerialuigi.com

Comments: Great pizza, try some of the pasta dishes too.

 

Nash House A Go Go

3628 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 298-4646 / www.hashhouseagogo.com

Comments: Great food and excellent presentation, my wife loves the waffles, and I always order chicken fried steak and eggs or fried chicken and waffles, they are the best. Always a wait and always worth the wait…

 

Parkhouse Eatery

4574 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92116

(between Monroe Ave & Madison Ave)

(619) 295.7275 / www.parkhouseeatery.com

Hours: Mon – Thurs 8:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. / 5PM to 9:30 P.M. Fri & Sat same hours and open until 10:00 P.M.

Comments: A great menu for breakfast lunch or dinner. They make their peanut butter and jelly home-maid. Other favorites include pumpkin spice pancakes, black pepper scrambled with two eggs and Portuguese sausage.

 

R Gang Eatery

3683 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92103

(between Anderson Pl & Pennsylvania Ave)

(610) 677.2845

Comments: Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage, Cherry Lemon Waffle, and the home made tater tots; try the jalapeno and cream cheese tots. Great place for happy hour and great prices too. Make reservation for weekend brunch.

 

Studio Diner

4701 Ruffin Rd
San Diego, CA 921230-1611


(858) 715-6400 / http://studiodiner.com

Comments: One of the best in California every breakfast combination, best selection of sandwiches, best fried fish. When driving down Ruffin Road look for the neon-lighted Studio Diner. It’s an authentic trip back to the ’40s, in the middle of the Kearny Mesa Business District. The diner is a welcome roadside stop set on the lot of a working movie and TV studio, Stu Segall Productions. (Remember “Silk Stalkings” and “Renegade”? Currently filming “Terriers”.) Try our Grip Burger, a half- pound cheeseburger you might have a hard time finishing. (Low-carb dieters will appreciate being able to order their burgers “protein style,” substituting buns for leaves of lettuce.) We feature from the east coast the Lobster Roll and whole belly Ipswich Clams served as an appetizer. GREAT!!!!

 

The Trails Eatery

7389 Jackson Dr., San Diego, CA 92119

(619) 667-2233

Comments: They have a gluten free menu, which consists of a ton of breakfast options and some sandwiches and such for lunch. And don’t worry if your not a healthy eater, the menu caters to you too!

 

San Jose, CA

 

Falafel’s Drive-In Diner

2301 Stevens Creek Blvd. San Jose, CA 95128

(408) 294-7886 / www.falafelsdrivein.com

Comments: Great food, for the best falafel in northern California, don’t let the line outside cause you to go else where, it’s worth the wait.

 

San Pedro, CA

 

Gaffey Street Diner

247 North Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA

(310) 548-6724 / www.gaffeystreetdiner.com

Comments: Open for breakfast and lunch only. The best homemade food in the Harbor area. A must try is the biscuits and gravy, opens at 5:00 A.M. 7 days a week

Santa Barbara, CA

 

Lito’s Take Out

514 E Haley Street Santa Barbara, CA 93103

(805) 962-1559

Comments: All I can say is Great Mexican Food!

 

Santa Fe Springs, CA

Jenny’s Kitchen

13319 Telegraph Rd. Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

(562) 944-2480

Comments: Small place nothing fancy, but the food is great and the portions are large. They serve country breakfast with biscuits and gravy, chilaqiles, and chili Verde with eggs, and much more. They always have special, make sure you try the Texas soup and their apple jam.

 

Santa Rosa, CA

 

Antojitos La Texanita

1667 Sebastopol Road Santa Rosa, CA

(707) 525-1905 / www.latexanita.com

Comments: Real authentic Mexican ford this restaurant was featured on the food program Triple “D” Great food the best chili Rellanos, ceviche tostadas.

 

Hanks Creekside Restaurant

2800 4th St. Santa Rosa, CA 95405

(707) 575-8839 / www.sterba.com/sro/creekside

Comments: Best Breakfast in town, you must try the corn beef hash, blueberry pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and eggs benedict, they always cook your eggs just the way you want them…

 

Willie Bird’s Restaurant

1150 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

(707) 542-0861 / http://www.williebirdsrestaurant.com

Comments: When you walk in it looks like your back in 1960 - 70 era. A great breakfast place or any meal, they serve Turkey dinner every day.

 

Seal Beach, CA

 

Old Town Cafe

137 Main St.
Seal Beach


562-430-4377

Comments: Whole wheat apple spice pancakes toped with allpesis a family favorite. The chorizo and scrambled eggs is a hit and it’s spicy but not greasy, it’s served with beans and rice toped with cheese.

 

Sherman Oaks, CA

 

Brat Brothers

13355 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

(818) 986-4020 / www.bratbrothers.com

Comments: Great home made sausages and they have the best mustard in California. Have a sausage and try a Spatzel. Great Breakfast choices too!

 

Four N 20

5530 Van Nuys Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA

(818) 988.1152 www.fourn20pies.com

Comments: Near Studio City, must try the pies, cornbread, cinnamon butter, honey butter, great breakfast and everything in between from chicken wraps to chicken enchiladas to blackened salmon to tortilla soup. The pies and bake goods are so good you may want to order dessert first

 

Nat’s Early Bite Coffee Shop

14115 Burbank Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91497

(818) 781.3040

Comment: Located in the Van Nuys area. Some suggestions to try are the hot coffee, arrive early and plan on waiting for a table.

 

Solano Beach, CA

 

Claire’s on Cedros

246 N Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075

(858) 259-8597

Comments: The Claire pancakes are made with a touch of cinnamon in them. The best breakfast in town

 

South Gate, CA

 

Pancake Corner

8938 Atlantic Ave. South Gate, CA 90280

(323) 564-7112

Comments: This place serves pancakes several different ways; a favorite is with chocolate chips. Good breakfast burritos and the menudo on the weekends is a real treat.

 

Stockton, CA

Lumberjacks Restaurant

3113 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., Stockton, CA 95219

Contact: (209) 951-1988 / http://www.lumberjacksrestaurant.com

Comments: THIS IS WHERE THE BIG BOTS EAT! The faux log building décor seems to scream 'big portions for hungry tummies'. Just what you're looking for, no tiny gourmet portions at this place. Large portions, friendly staff, and good home-cooking.

 

Susanville, CA

Lumberjacks Restaurant

2795 Main Street, CA 96130

Contact: (530) 2521115 / http://www.lumberjacksrestaurant.com

Comments: THIS IS WHERE THE BIG BOTS EAT! The faux log building décor seems to scream 'big portions for hungry tummies'. Just what you're looking for, no tiny gourmet portions at this place. Large portions, friendly staff, and good home-cooking.

 

 

 

Tarzana, CA

 

CiCi’s Cafe

18912 Ventura Blvd. Tarzana, CA 91356

(818) 881.670 / www.ciciscafe.com

Comments: The Spanish Omelet, waffles, red velvet crepes, corn beef hash, we suggest you try the nightrider pancakes and the other 99 pancakes concoctions. The breakfast is my favorite, but you really need to try other items because everything is great!

Torrance, CA

Buffy’s Coffee Shop

1321 El Prado Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

(310) 328.4718

Comments: Buffy’s comes highly recommended by our website partners.

 

Country Touch Café

3717 W. 190th Street, Torrance, CA 90504

(310) 323.5614 /

Comments: Apple butter lovers this is the place where you can make a with the apple butter and fresh made bread or biscuits, other must try items are the, Belgian waffles, blueberry muffins, don’t forget the chicken fried steak, steak and eggs.

 

Kings Hawaiian Bakery and Restaurant

2808 Sepulveda Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 530.0050 / www.kingshawaiian.com

Comments: The French Toast is a must, and the strawberry éclairs. Everything is goooood! Serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open Sun – Thurs. 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. and Fri & Sat. 7:00 A.to 11:00 P.M.

 

Toluca Lake, CA

PATYS

10001 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

Contact: (818) 761-0041 / http://patysrestaurant.com

Comments: Patys Restaurant is a famous hot spot located in beautiful Toluca Lake, California, home to many celebrities and entertainment industry professionals.

 

Valley Village, CA

 

Four N 20

4723 Laurel Canyon Blvd. Valley Village, CA 91607

818) 761.5128 / www.fourn20pies.com

Comments: Near Studio City, must try the pies, cornbread, cinnamon butter, honey butter, great breakfast and everything in between from chicken wraps to chicken enchiladas to blackened salmon to tortilla soup. The pies and bake goods are so good you may want to order dessert first.

 

Venice, CA

 

Baby Blues Bar-B-Que

444 Lincoln Boulevard Venice, CA 90291

(310) 396-7675 / www.babybluesvenice.com

Comments: Worth the drive to Venice, must try the mac and cheese, corn bread, for meat the ribs and pull pork is the best.

 

Victorville, CA

 

Emma Jean Holland Burger Cafe

17143 D Street Victorville, CA 92394 (west side of I-15)

(760) 243-9938 / www.hollandburger.com

Comments: It’s known as the small place with big flavor. The must try items are: Country fried steak, Brian burger, beef dip, home made cobblers, Great Food, open for breakfast and lunch. This is a must on your next trip to Vegas.

 

Willits, CA

Lumberjacks Restaurant

1740 S. Main St., CA 95490

Contact: (707) 456-0300 / http://www.lumberjacksrestaurant.com

Comments: THIS IS WHERE THE BIG BOTS EAT! The faux log building décor seems to scream 'big portions for hungry tummies'. Just what you're looking for, no tiny gourmet portions at this place. Large portions, friendly staff, and good home-cooking.

 

Yorba Linda, CA

 

Original Pancake House

18453 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA

(714) 693.1390 / www.originalpancakehouse.com

Comments: The name speaks for it self, in addition all their food is great, you must try the German Pancakes (kind of like Yorkshire pancake smothered with sautéed apples and cinnamon sugar baked to perfection with a deliciously rich cinnamon sugar glaze.

Yuba City, CA

Lumberjacks Restaurant

1025 Colusa Ave, CA 95991

Contact: (530) 673-3270 / http://www.lumberjacksrestaurant.com

Comments: THIS IS WHERE THE BIG BOTS EAT! The faux log building décor seems to scream 'big portions for hungry tummies'. Just what you're looking for, no tiny gourmet portions at this place. Large portions, friendly staff, and good home-cooking.

 

 

Arizona Locations

 

 

Buckeye, AZ

 

Cracker Barrel

I-10 & Watson Road, Buckeye, AZ 85326

(623) 474.0008 / www.crackerbarrel.com

Comments: A great place for home cooking when you’re on the road. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Bullhead City

 

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery

2250 Highway 95, Bullhead City, AZ 86442

(928) 763.1960 / www.perkinsrestaurants.com

Comments: Breakfast served all day, Try the breakfast platter: French toast, sausage, potatoes and eggs. Don’t forget a slice of home made pie or cherry cheesecake. Open seven days a week

6:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M.

 

Casa Grande, AZ

 

Cracker Barrel

I-10 & East Florence Blvd. Casa Grande, AZ 85222-9179

(520) 421.2101 / www.crackerbarrel.com

Comments: A great place for home cooking when you’re on the road. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Flagstaff, AZ

 

Cracker Barrel

I-40 & Lucky Lane, Flagstaff, AZ 86004-8505

(928) 773.1524 / www.crackerbarrel.com

Comments: A great place for home cooking when you’re on the road. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Gilbert, Arizona

Joe’s Farm House Grill

3000 East Ray Road, 
Gilbert, AZ 85296


(480) 563-4745 / http://joesfarmgrill.com

Commens: At Joe’s Farm Grill, we focus on common food done uncommonly well and served quickly. Common foods such as burgers, fries, pizza, salads, and ribs are common for a good reason: people love them. They taste great! We have taken these common foods to the next level. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Mesa, AZ

T.C. Eggington’s

1660 S. Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ

(480) 345.9288 / www.tcegg.com

Comments: Decisions, home made dishes. The apple pecan pancakes with brown sugar cinnamon are a must try. The cinnamon bread French toast dipped in a custardy batter is the best!

 

Phoenix, AZ

 

Aztecz Bakeries

416 N 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007

(602) 253.5864

Comments: Great family owned restaurant and bakery. Try the Mexican pastries with a fresh cup of coffee or my favorite the chorizo burrito or the Machaca Torta. Great place for breakfast or lunch, the lunch has great homemade soups and other items.

 

Cracker Barrel

I-17 & Deer Valley Road, Phoenix, AZ 85027-2496

(623) 528.6020 / www.crackerbarrel.com

Comments: A great place for home cooking when you’re on the road. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

FirstWatch

61 W. Thomas Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85013

(602) 265.2092 / www.firstwatch.com

Comments: A great place to get a healthy country breakfast. Multi grain pancakes, light and airy Belgian waffles, sourdough or raisin bread French toast with wheat germ and powered cinnamon sugar, covered with fresh berries. Try the Chickichanga, eggs with spicy all-natural white meat chicken, chorizo sausage, green chilies, cheese, onions and avocado rolled in a flour tortilla then topped with Vera Cruz sauce and sour cream. They carry turkey sausage and bacon for the meat lovers and turkey sausage gravy. Cholesterol-free eggs or egg whites may be substituted at any time for no additional charge. Special requests are always welcome.

Matt’s Big Breakfast

801 N. 1st Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

(602) 254.1074 / www.mattsbigbreakfast.com

Comments: Yes they serve a BIG breakfast, complete with homemade breakfast biscuits, gravy, and local jams and jellies; my favorite is the French toast. You may need to wait a little but it’s worth the wait and you will be back!

 

Morning Glory Café

6106 S. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042

(602) 276.8804 /

Comments: A nice place for a good breakfast, a favorite is the French toast and the portabella mushroom and cheese omelet with great flaky biscuits.

Scottsdale, AZ

 

The Breakfast Club

4400 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 222.2582 / www.breakfastclub.us/menu

Comments: This is not a greasy spoon, just a great breakfast restaurant with greasy spoon taste. Recommend the Bird Omelet it’s made with avocado, turkey, cheese and mushrooms and is serves with potatoes and a large serving of fresh fruit. Another favorite is the Huevos Rancheros with green chili and pork meat. Always busy wait is usually 30 minutes, unless you arrive before 8:00 A.M. Weekdays from 6:A.M. to 3:P.M. and Sat and Sun 8:A.M. to 3:P.M.

 

Tucson, AZ

 

Biscuits Country Café

7026 E. Broadway Blvd. Ste. A, Tucson, AZ 85710-2827

(520) 290.2556

Comments: “GREAT BREAKFAST” This small restaurant with a big country breakfast and home-made biscuits, Good home cooking

 

 

 

 

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